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Genre: Historical Romance
Taking her impetus from Robinson Crusoe and the film Castaway, Kelly crafts the story of a shipwreck survivor readjusting to civilization. Though the pacing is slow, Kelly presents a clear portrait of the mores and prejudices of the era and demonstrates how to navigate through society's labyrinth with intelligent, sharp repartee. This alone is worth the price of the book.
After years alone on a South Seas island, James returns to England a hero. His treatise on the island has won him a highly coveted prize. James knows his way around the ton, but he can use help in readjusting to the hubbub of city life after a world of solitude. He finds people crass, useless and boring -- except for Susannah Park.
Having disgraced her family by eloping with her father's clerk, then coming home a widow with a child, Susannah
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: March 2007